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. do a very good job. >> reporter: vice president joe biden leads the u.s. delegation. today he met with the president and prime minister of italy while pope francis held his first audience with the head of state. argentinean president said i've never been kissed by a pope before as she gave francis a gift. traditional argentine cups used to drink the country's national beverage. they were at odds over social issues when he was the archbishop of buenos aires. hundreds of thousands expected to pack the gnawicity for the inaugural mass. >> reports are that there's an excitement about this. >> reporter: excitement building since the election as a result of his personal style. francis enjoys reaching out to faithful and vatican anticipates that it will be the case on tuesday as well. >> clearly a solemn day. with everything the pope has done so far, we see he has a people's touch at the same time. i expect we'll see that tomorrow as well. >> reporter: a touch that has come to define the early days of his papacy. the vatican announced today that pope francis will tour st. peter's square
of today's historic service including joe biden. it was his connection with the crowd that seemed to be so powerful and joining us from valt vatican is jay gray. he joins us live. jay? >> reporter: good evening, janel janelle. it was a mass draped in the traditions of the catholic faith, but since he's done since his election, he managed to weave his own special traditions into the celebration here. it was that connection with the crowd that made the biggest kifr difference it seemed. he rode into st. peter's square and then got out of the vehicle and actually mixed with those who had gathered hundreds of thousands from around the world shaking hands, kissing some of the faithful, stopg for a very special blessing. during his homily, he discussed what has been at the core of his papacy over the last few days, and that is taking care of the pour, those among us he says are needy or the weakest among us. he also at times seemed to refer to the problems the catholic church has been facing saying those in leadership positions must, quote, protect others. watch fourt them, it's a theme he refer
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